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first_imgCAMBRIDGE, Mass. (April 4, 2011) — Harvard University announced today (April 4) that Wynton Marsalis will launch a two-year performance and lecture series on April 28, with an appearance at Sanders Theatre. Currently the Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Marsalis is an accomplished musician, composer, bandleader and educator who has made the promotion of jazz and cultural literacy his hallmark causes.“Wynton Marsalis is both an internationally acclaimed musician and a leader in educating people about the importance of arts and culture,” Harvard President Drew Faust said. “We are fortunate to have an artist and performer of his caliber on campus to enhance the University’s vibrant arts scene and engage our students, staff and faculty.”Throughout the ages, artists have been truth tellers for civilization; they speak about the essence of their society in ways that others cannot or will not. Marsalis will visit campus several times, for two to three days at a time, over the next two years, lecturing on a variety of topics to illuminate the relationship between American music and the American identity. His talks will be punctuated with performances by dancers, Marsalis’ quintet and other ensembles, including a New Orleans parade band and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.His lecture/performance on April 28 is titled “Music as Metaphor” and will feature Ali Jackson (drums), Dan Nimmer (piano), Walter Blanding Jr. (tenor sax), Carlos Henriquez (bass), James Chirillo (guitar and banjo) and Mark O’Connor (violin). The following day, Marsalis will teach a master class to high school musicians at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.Marsalis’ appointment is the latest example of the University’s closer embrace of the arts since a presidential task force called in 2008 for a concerted effort to increase the presence of the arts on campus.“I am delighted that Harvard has recognized the need to make cultural literacy an integral part of its curriculum,” Marsalis said. “I hope that other institutions will follow suit to foster a deeper appreciation among all Americans for the democratic victory of our cultural legacy.”Since 2008, there has been a renewed focus on bringing prominent artists to campus who can engage students and the wider community in the kind of imaginative and innovative thinking that is central to the cognitive life of the University. For example, renowned large-scale artist Krzysztof Wodiczko now teaches at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, while this semester Tony-nominated Diane Paulus, Artistic Director for the Harvard University American Repertory Theater, is teaching “Porgy and Bess: Performance in Context” at Harvard College.  Last year, Harvard announced that the Silk Road Project, founded by renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, would move its headquarters to Harvard. And this fall, renowned choreographer Liz Lerman, MacArthur grant recipient and founder of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, will be a Visiting Lecturer in residence at Harvard.A native of New Orleans, Marsalis is one of America’s most highly decorated cultural figures. In addition to nine Grammy awards, he was the first jazz musician to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Music. His numerous international accolades include: an Honorary Membership in Britain’s Royal Academy of Music, the highest decoration for a non-British citizen, and the insignia Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest distinction.  He has more than 70 albums to his credit, which have sold over 7 million copies worldwide. Wynton Marsalis is also the world’s first jazz artist to perform and compose across the full spectrum of jazz: from its New Orleans roots to bebop and modern jazz. By creating and performing an expansive range of brilliant new music for quartets to big bands, chamber music ensembles to symphony orchestras, and tap dance to ballet, Marsalis has expanded the vocabulary of jazz and created a vital body of work that places him among the world’s finest musicians and composers. Harvard awarded him an honorary doctorate in music in 2009.Tickets for Marsalis’ lecture performance at Sanders Theatre will be free of charge, and will become available for the Harvard community on Tuesday, April 12, and to the general public on Thursday, April 14. Information on obtaining tickets can be found at Tania deLuzuriaga, Harvard Public Affairs & Communications, 617.495.1585, tania_deluzuriaga@harvard.edulast_img read more

Basketball, with perspective

March 1, 2021 | shgcmyqk | No Comments

first_imgIn a refreshing twist, atypical of many Harvard students, Victoria Lippert doesn’t have a plan for what to do after graduation. “I don’t know,” she shrugs. “I’ve been exploring that a lot lately, thinking about possibilities.”But the junior history and science concentrator isn’t the least bit worried. There’s her soon-to-be historic basketball career with the Crimson in which she’s poised to surpass the 1,000-point mark in one of her upcoming games — a feat that Lippert was blithely unaware of. But in reaching that goal, she’ll be only the sixth underclassmen and 16th player overall to reach 1,000 points. “It’s kind of cool,” Lippert says.Lippert, who left sunny San Diego three years ago to take up residence in chilly Cambridge, “hasn’t looked back since.”“I love Harvard,” she says. “And the snow was marvelous the first time I saw it.”When not racking up baskets as a forward for the Crimson, the down-to-earth Lippert is involved with the campus Christian group Athletes in Action. In the summer of 2010 she traveled with the organization to Pretoria, South Africa, where for a month the athletes worked to create a tutoring program at a local school.“It was a humbling experience, seeing the conditions there, listening to the kids’ stories, and knowing they have to deal with so much — disease, AIDS, poverty,” she recalls. “I grew a lot from that trip; it was a really powerful experience.”As the Crimson head into the final games of their season, Lippert’s versatility and scoring touch will be critical to their success. “We really want an Ivy League championship this year,” she says. “This group of girls is very special. We have amazing chemistry off the court, which really helps us on the court. Right now, we’re trying to bring consistency to the competition. Anything can happen on any given night. We have to have our game faces on.”“Vic is exceptional in many regards, both on and off the floor. First, she is an extremely talented, versatile player, who has a passion for the game that is contagious,” says Crimson coach Kathy Delaney-Smith. “And one of her most remarkable qualities is her unselfishness and will to win. Even though she’s a tremendous scorer in many ways, she puts the team first. She’ll do whatever it takes for the team to win.”And this determination will certainly aid her in whatever career path she chooses, too. There is, of course, the possibility of playing basketball overseas, but Lippert is considering an option closer to home, too.“I wrote a paper on the history of fingerprinting, and it got me thinking about crime and crime-fighting technology,” she says. “I’m considering something in law enforcement or the intelligence community. But I’m just poking around right now.”There’s plenty of time to figure all that out, of course. “I’m not afraid of change or adventure,” Lippert says. “I’m generally pretty adaptable. I like exciting, new possibilities.”last_img read more

AACR honors Alan D’Andrea

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first_imgThe American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) presented Alan D. D’Andrea, the Alvan T. and Viola D. Fuller American Cancer Society Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, with the 52nd Annual AACR G.H.A. Clowes Memorial Award for his work in understanding cancer survival and progression, which has included milestones such as cloning a key protein involved in red blood cell production and discovering a family of proteins that help maintain DNA stability.The award, presented to D’Andrea at the AACR’s annual meeting in Chicago, recognizes a scientific odyssey that began with research into a rare pediatric cancer susceptibility syndrome — Fanconi anemia — and led to new insights into how cells repair their DNA and thereby ward off cancer.In his acceptance speech, D’Andrea remarked: “I am greatly honored to receive the 2012 G.H.A. Clowes Memorial Award from the AACR. Work from my laboratory has shown that the study of rare pediatric cancer susceptibility syndromes, such as Fanconi anemia, can lead to broad insights into the cause and treatment of cancer in the general population. My laboratory members and I are especially grateful to the children and families with Fanconi anemia who have been our close partners in this research during the last two decades.”During his postdoctoral studies, D’Andrea cloned the erythropoietin (EPO) receptor, a key protein involved in red blood cell production (erythropoiesis) and survival. The receptor’s role in erythropoiesis offers a potential avenue for cancer therapeutics, as a blood supply is necessary for the growth and spread of cancer. D’Andrea continues to investigate the receptor in hematological malignancies, examining the ways that inherent (somatic) mutations and/or epigenetic modifications of the receptor affect its downstream, intracellular signaling pathways including JAK/STAT (Janus kinase/signal transducer and activator of transcription) and MAPK (mitogen-activated protein kinase).The AACR & Eli Lilly and Co. established the G.H.A. Clowes Memorial Award in 1961 to honor G.H.A. Clowes, a founding member of the AACR. This honor recognizes an individual with outstanding recent accomplishments in basic cancer research.“Dr. D’Andrea has been a vital contributor to cancer research,” said Margaret Foti, chief executive officer of the AACR. “His work has greatly enhanced our knowledge of the field of DNA instability and repair mechanisms. Furthermore, his studies have provided us with a better understanding of the biological relationships of rare hereditary diseases, such as Fanconi anemia, and cancer.”last_img read more

first_img Read Full Story Harvard College’s Advising Programs Office awarded 12 advisers from throughout the University with the prestigious Star Family Prize for Excellence in Advising on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The Star Prizes were established by James A. Star ’83 to recognize and reward individuals who contribute to the College through their exemplary intellectual and personal guidance of undergraduate students.Prizes are awarded each year to 12 advisers, three each in the categories of: first-year, sophomore, concentration, and faculty advisers.Nominations for the award were sought from the undergraduate student body earlier this year, and selection committees comprised of College staff, previous Star Prize recipients, and peer advising fellows chose from competitive pools of nominees to select this year’s recipients.First-year AdvisingTycie Coppett: first year proctor and assistant director of the Ed.L.D. program at Harvard Graduate School of EducationWilliam Lensch: chief of staff to the dean of the faculty at the Harvard Medical SchoolSteven M. Niemi: director of the office of animal Resources, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary BiologySophomore AdvisingJonathan E. Palmer: resident tutor, Dunster House and doctoral student at Harvard Business SchoolSteven Torrisi: resident tutor, Cabot House and Ph.D. candidate in physicsArielle Bernhardt & Natalia Rigol: non-resident Tutors in Quincy House; Ph.D. student in economics (Arielle); assistant professor at Harvard Business School (Natalia).Concentration AdvisingMeredith Dost: resident tutor, Quincy House and Ph.D. candidate in government and social policyCarla Heelan: assistant director of undergraduate studies in historyJohn Huth: Donner Professor of ScienceFaculty AdvisingJill Johnson: dance director, Office for the Arts; senior lecturer, Theater, Dance & Media; artistic director, Harvard Dance ProjectJon Rogowski: assistant professor in governmentIan Wallace: lecturer in human evolutionary biologyAnne Marie E. Sousa, director of advising programs commented: “Good academic advising has the opportunity to facilitate the intellectual transformation that is a critical part of the Harvard College mission. With the Star Prize for Excellence in Advising, we are able to recognize twelve amazing advisers who have given their time, their expertise, and their encouragement to the students at each step of their academic career.”Congratulations to the 2019 nominees and recipients of the Star Family Prize for Excellence in Advising!Faculty and Staff who are interested in serving on the Board of First-year Advisers should contact for more information.last_img read more

The online lending scare

December 18, 2020 | shgcmyqk | No Comments

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Could online lending cause the next financial crisis? While the odds seem overwhelmingly against it, the recent turmoil at LendingClub — a leading online lender — makes it hard not to ask the question. There are some disquieting parallels with subprime mortgages, which seemed beneficial until sloppy and fraudulent lending practices triggered a wider collapse of confidence. Are we about to repeat the cycle?In theory, online lending makes a lot of sense. Consumers and companies that want credit submit their applications electronically; their creditworthiness is evaluated electronically from data, including FICO scores and payment history, kept by credit bureaus or available from other sources. If prospective borrowers pass the tests, they get the loans. The process is straightforward and fast; the lack of bank branches cuts costs.Business has boomed, in part because some traditional banks retreated from consumer and business lending after the financial crisis. By one study, online lending in the United States totaled $36 billion in 2015, triple the 2014 volume. The increases have continued. In the first three months of 2016, LendingClub’s new loans rose 68 percent to $2.75 billion from the same period in 2015. Online lending was emerging as an alternative to bank and credit card loans. continue reading »last_img read more

Bayern Munich to resume training on Monday

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first_img“In order to further slow the spread of the coronavirus, Bayern asks fans to continue to follow the instructions of the authorities and therefore please do not come to the Bayern training ground,” added the statement.More than 1,300 people have died in Germany from the coronavirus. Topics : Bayern Munich said Sunday that players will return to training on Monday for the first time since the Bundesliga was suspended due to the coronavirus.Bayern led the table by four points when the season was halted on March 13.”The Bayern Munich first team will return to training in small groups from Monday, April 6,” said a statement from the club.center_img “This will be done in coordination with government policy and the relevant authorities. “It goes without saying that all hygiene regulations will be strictly observed.”German football league officials had already advised a break in training until Sunday at the earliest.Bayern said that training will be held in private with no members of the public allowed.last_img read more

first_imgDisplaced women and girls are facing a heightened risk of gender-based violence during the coronavirus crisis, the UN Refugee Agency said Monday.The UNHCR said they may be forced into “survival sex” or child marriages.Lockdowns imposed to control the spread of COVID-19 have restricted movement and led to the closure of services. It said some safe shelters had been temporarily suspended.To counter the risk, the UNHCR is distributing emergency cash to survivors and women deemed to be at risk of gender-based violence.Triggs said governments should ensure that the “rising risks of violence” for displaced women are taken into account in their COVID-19 action plans.One measure could be ensuring that services for survivors of gender-based violence are designated as essential and remain accessible. “We need to pay urgent attention to the protection of refugee, displaced and stateless women and girls at the time of this pandemic,” said Gillian Triggs, the UNHCR assistant high commissioner for protection.”They are among those most at-risk. Doors should not be left open for abusers and no help spared for women surviving abuse and violence.”She said displaced women could end up confined with their abusers, while others, having lost their precarious livelihoods, “may be forced into survival sex, or child marriages by their families”, said Triggs. The restrictions imposed in many countries in response to the coronavirus pandemic mean limited access to support services, said the UNHCR.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Pennsylvania Capitol Tribute to Tree of Life Shooting Victims SHARE Email Facebook Twitter National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced a tribute at the Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg for the 11 congregants killed in the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. The capitol lights on Third Street will be darkened except for a single blue light.“All of Pennsylvania stands in solidarity with the victims, their families, all those mourning in Pittsburgh and Jewish Americans across the commonwealth,” Governor Wolf said. “This horrifying atrocity was the product of a dark and warped bigotry. We must shine a light on this hatred and anti-Semitism and expel it from our society.“While I remain deeply saddened by the loss of life, I found hope in the police officers that ran into harms way, the Jewish community in Pittsburgh that did not shy from who they are, and the Pittsburghers that came together to support one another. From this darkness, we must emerge with even greater energy to combat this vile hatred and to act to protect our citizens from these atrocities.”On Saturday, Governor Wolf also ordered all commonwealth flags at half-staff statewide in honor of the victims.center_img October 29, 2018last_img read more

first_imgEU member states must ensure the boards of pensions institutions are balanced in terms of gender, an MEP has argued in a report for the European Parliament’s select committee for Women’s Rights & Gender Equality.Sirpa Pietikäinen, Finnish MEP for the Christian Democrats EVP, board members and people in key positions must not only be professional and reliable but also have a sense of gender issues.Risk management and audit functions must be implemented with equal treatment of both sexes in mind, according to amendments proposed by Pietikäinen.The same should go for remuneration policy and financial provisions. The report said women in the EU received, on average, 39% less of a pension than men did, due to part-time jobs and career interruptions for familial reasons.It added that women also tend to work in different sectors, which can often lead to lower pensions.The report concluded that a disproportionate number of women were poor at old age, as they accrued less and lived longer.It warned that, the greater the emphasis on the second pillar, the greater the pensions gap between the sexes will be (difference is smaller within the first pillar).The report also suggested that a closer link between contributions and benefits would put women at a disadvantage because they often earn less or leave the labour process temporarily.Pietikäinen therefore proposed that the European Commission conduct a survey into the effects of the various pillars and systems on both men and women.Based on the outcome, it should take action and formulate proposals for structural reforms to guarantee equal pensions, she said.Pietikäinen also stressed that improved communication was extra important, “as women have less financial knowledge on average”.She said communications should focus on the effects a part-time job or temporary absence from the work force could have on their pensions.The European Parliament’s select committee is to discuss Pietikäinen’s report next week.last_img read more